Toddrick Gotcher’s jaw dropped the first time he saw Tubby Smith.
Texas Tech and Minnesota were in Orlando, Florida, for the Old Spice Classic in November of 2011.
The two teams didn’t face each other on the court, but Gotcher remembers seeing him there and thinking to himself, “Wow, that’s Tubby Smith.”
“I knew he was a big time guy that everybody knows,” Gotcher said. “I never introduced myself to him (then). I didn’t think I was valuable enough to.”
A year-and-a-half later, Gotcher was still in awe as he was introduced to his new coach at Texas Tech.